SAHARANEWS – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has okays the resumption of political campaigns ahead of the rescheduled general elections slated for February 23, 2019.
In a statement obtained by SaharaNews, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Monday, noted that the commission took the decision after reviewing its preparations for the general elections, as well as consultations with political parties.
The campaigns are expected to end officially by midnight on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
“After consultations with political parties, the Commission has approved that campaigns by parties and candidates can resume forthwith and end by midnight of Thursday, 21st February, 2019.
“Media organisations are at liberty to accept, publish, broadcast and circulate campaign materials up till midnight of Thursday, 21st February, 2019. Political parties and their candidates are enjoined to abide by the extant laws governing campaigns.”
The commission also thanked Nigerians for their understanding regarding the rescheduling of the elections, just as it appealed to stakeholders to be “dispassionate and circumspect in their comments”.
“The Commission is focusing on the elections to be held on 23rd February and 9th March to ensure that they are free, fair and credible. We urge all Nigerians to participate fully in the elections, notwithstanding the disappointment,” the statement reads.
At the International Conference Centre in Abuja, a press conference on the updated preparations of the commission is scheduled on Tuesday, February 19 at 3pm.